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Overview of Communication Standards relating to Motion Control Systems



Frederick M. Proctor, John L. Michaloski


This report surveys the international communications standards that affect the application and development of motion control technology. The scope of motion control covered includes applications as diverse as robotics, packaging machinery, discrete parts machining and manufacturing, and food processing. In addition, motion controllers no longer interface only to hardware devices, but are integrated into higher levels of control architectures. Standards are being developed within individual commercial application areas, not according to commonality of computers, hardware, or physical requirements of motion control. This has lead to a proliferation of standards, which presents dilemmas to users, vendors and integrators. Criteria for deciding which standards to support start with technical requirements, but equal weight must often be given to availability of compatible products, and to and industry market trends.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


CANbus, communication, control, Fieldbus, IO, motion, network, SERCOS, standard actuator


Proctor, F. and Michaloski, J. (2001), Overview of Communication Standards relating to Motion Control Systems, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created December 31, 2001, Updated February 17, 2017